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Global Warming Behind Early Bird Migration
2013-11-13 10:00:44

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Scientists have been seeing some bird species migrate earlier and earlier each year and now a team of UK and Icelandic researchers has shown that warming temperatures are behind the creeping back of this instinctive behavior, according to their report in Proceedings of the Royal Society B. “We have known that birds are migrating earlier and earlier each year – particularly those that migrate over shorter distances,” said report...

Environmental Change Impacts Differ For Male And Female Migratory Shorebirds
2013-03-11 11:17:30

University of East Anglia Extensive shell fishing and sewerage discharge in river estuaries could have serious consequences for the rare Icelandic black-tailed godwits that feed there. But it is the males that are more likely to suffer, according to new research from the University of East Anglia. Research published today in the journal Ecology and Evolution reveals very different winter feeding habits between the sexes. Both males and females mainly consume bivalve molluscs, sea...

2009-08-07 14:05:11

A bar-tailed godwit, a bird banded near Victoria, Australia, was found more than 8,000 miles away in the western Arctic area of Alaska, wildlife experts said. While tagged birds are sometimes seen in the region where they were released, it's rare to see them so far from a release site, Wildlife Conservation Society scientists said in a release Friday. While we know that birds from all over the world come to the Arctic to breed, to see a living example first hand is a powerful reminder of the...


Latest Godwit Reference Libraries

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2012-04-03 14:06:48

The Eurasian Curlew, (Numenius arquata), is a species of wading bird in the Scolopacidae family. It is one of the most widespread species of curlews, breeding across much of temperate Europe and Asia. This bird is commonly known as just “the Curlew” in Europe, and “the whaup” in Scotland. The Eurasian Curlew is migratory over most of its range, wintering in Africa, southern Europe and south Asia. It is a rare vagrant to Nova Scotia and the Marianas. In the milder climates of its...

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2008-05-02 01:25:42

The Black-tailed Godwit (Limosa limosa), is a large shorebird that migrates in flocks to western Europe, Africa, south Asia and Australia. Interestingly, although this species occurs in Ireland and Great Britain all year round, they are not the same birds. The breeding birds depart in autumn, but are replaced in winter by the larger Icelandic race, L. l. islandica. These birds occasionally appear in the Aleutian Islands and, rarely, on the Atlantic coast of North America. Adults have...

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2005-06-14 10:37:50

The Bar-tailed Godwit (Limosa lapponica) is a large shorebird. It is a relatively short-legged member of the godwit genus. Adults have blue-grey legs and a very long dark bill with a slight upward curve and pink at the tip. The neck, breast and belly are unstreaked brick red in breeding plumage, off white in winter. The back is mottled grey. Their breeding habitat is arctic Asia and western Alaska on open tundra. They nest on the ground, usually in short vegetation. They migrate in...

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Word of the Day
call-note
  • The call or cry of a bird or other animal to its mate or its young.
'Call-note' is newer than 'bird-call,' which originally referred to 'an instrument for imitating the note of birds' but now also refers to 'the song or cry of a bird.'
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